Voters lined up early at Henry W. Grady High School on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 to cast their votes. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM
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Study: Georgia voters face waits on Election Day

Georgia voters wait longer in line to cast their ballots — more than 16 minutes on average — than almost every other state, according to a recent study of elections across the nation.

Georgia ranked 49th in voting wait time during elections in 2016, ahead of only South Carolina and Indiana, according to the Elections Performance Index by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which evaluated every state and the District of Columbia in data released last month. The waiting time ranking was based on information from survey responses.

The state’s elections system fared better in other areas, such as its voter registration rejection rate of 0.29 percent, the ninth-lowest rate in the United States.

Georgia also received high marks for its availability of online voter information lookup tools for voter to find their registration status and polling places, and to look up sample ballots. Georgia was one of 21 states and the District of Columbia with all available lookup tools.

MORE: View the MIT Elections Performance Index

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said three of his “proudest accomplishments” are the creation of the state’s online voter registration system, My Voter Page and electronic ballot delivery for military and overseas voters.

“In the Peach State, it has never been easier to register to vote, update your voter registration, or access on-demand, personalized information for upcoming elections,” Kemp said in a statement Tuesday that cited the Elections Performance Index.

Overall, Georgia ranked No. 34 in the nation in election performance in 2016, down from No. 27 in 2014, according to the study.

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